On the Possible Lessons of Andrees Allgemeiner Handatlas, 1881-1937

Chicago Map Society Meeting
Thursday, February 21, 2013

5:30 pm – 7 pm

Ruggles Hall

Peter Nekola, Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography

Andrees Allgemeiner Handatlas emerged in the first decade of the unified German state; designed for the upper-middle class households of one of the world’s most prosperous industrial economies, it would become the best-selling world atlas published in the German language. Drawn to include as many towns, cities, and other named locations as possible, it helped create a model for what we now know as political cartography. Published in Leipzig, an important center of geographical research, successive editions of Andrees had come to increasingly include the new maps of the emerging science. Yet in the interwar period, when many other atlases changed their content to embrace the geographical model completely, Andrees rejected that model, instead further emphasizing its political cartography, in what Jürgen Espenhorst has called the “great error of German cartography.” Its final edition is considered little more than nationalist propaganda. What possible historical, cartographic, or philosophical lessons might be drawn from the half-century of Andrees’ publication?

Social half-hour with refreshments begins at 5:30 pm followed by the lecture at 6 pm.

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